Derailed CSX oil train in Virginia was carrying Bakken oil

Reuters News
Posted: May 01, 2014 11:42 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The CSX Corp train that derailed and erupted in flames in Lynchburg, Virginia, was carrying crude oil from the Bakken shale in North Dakota, the kind of oil involved in several other fiery derailments over the last few months, the railroad said on Thursday.

The U.S. Department of Transportation warned a few months ago that Bakken oil could be more flammable.

On Wednesday afternoon, some 15 train cars derailed in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia, and fire erupted on a few. Three cars fell down an embankment into the James river and kept leaking oil into the evening.

Florida-based CSX said the train, which had two locomotives and 105 cars, was en route to Yorktown, Virginia.

A storage depot run by Plain All American in Yorktown can handle up to 140,000 barrels-per-day of such shipments. Plains did not reply to numerous calls for comment.

CSX said it has removed all cars that did not derail on Wednesday.

"Efforts continue to re-rail the remaining cars," the company said in a statement.

The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation into the cause of the accident. No injuries were reported.

Nearly 640,000 barrels-per-day of the oil produced in North Dakota left the state aboard trains in February, according to latest data from state regulators.

(Reporting by Selam Gebrekidan; Editing by David Gregorio)